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Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

Career Pathway Certificate: Emergency Medical Services

  • Are you interested in working in an emergency medical setting?
  • Are you ready to work in a hands on profession that allows you to help others?
  • Do you want a career path with advancement opportunities?

The Emergency Medical Services Career Pathway certificate prepares you to build on your problem solving, client service, and team building skills by developing your response in an emergency medical situation.  This is a great option for those committed to helping others in a crisis situation.


Average wage for 40-45,000 year, with entry-level positions of 13-15/hr.

Finish Your Degree

The Emergency Medical Services Career Pathway Certificate leads to additional certificates and degrees. Continue your education to give yourself more job opportunities and career advancement.

Is it for me?

High School graduates (and high school equivalency). Placement into WR 121 or completion of WR 115 with a grade of C or better. Placement into MTH 60, or completion of MTH 20 with a grade of C or better. Placement into RD 115, or completion of RD 90 with a grade of C or better. If you do not meet all the placement recommendations, contact us for other options.
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Program Cost

Use the cost calculator to see estimated costs. For more detailed cost sheet contact program department at 971-722-5570.

What's Next?

  1. Complete the steps for new students
  2. Plan how you'll pay for college
  3. Contact the EMS department at 971-722-5570 for help with scheduling, becoming a student, and mapping out your education and career path
    • Find out more about the resources and support the Career Pathways team can provide!